Sims Cemetery

Canmer, Hart County, KY

DIRECTIONS:  From Hwy 31E in Canmer, turn East onto Defries Rd. (Hwy 677) and travel 1.8 miles.  Then turn left onto Davis Bend Road for 1.4 miles.  Next, turn left onto Sims Cemetery Road and continue 0.2 miles to a gravel driveway on the left.  The cemetery can be seen from the road about 50 yards to the left near a white house and beside a barn. 

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This cemetery was cleared and documented by the Hart County Cemetery Preservation Group

Before restoration

After restoration

After restoration

Adair,  Andrew Monroe
6 Sep 1820
15 Mar 1892
s/o Alexander Adair and Elizabeth (Monroe) Adair
·    Lawyer (per 1880 Federal Census)
·     Civil War  2nd Lt. & Commanding Officer of Company D
·   KY 6th Mounted Infantry Regiment – Confederate Army
Adair,  John Alexander
28 May 1827
28 Nov 1898
h/o Mary B. (Stockton) Adair (m.15 Jan 1815, Barren Co., KY)
·    s/o Alexander Adair and Elizabeth (Monroe) Adair
·   Druggist in Greensburg (per 1860 Federal Census)
·  Civil War  Lt. Col in KY 4th Vol. Infantry - Confederate Army
Adair, Kate Lura
10 May 1859
18 Jan 1929
Unmarried daughter of John Alexander and Mary Bird (Stockton) Adair
Adair,  Mary Bird (Stockton)
27 Dec 1837

3 Jan 1916

w/o John Alexander Adair
Mary Bird Stockton Adair
Lane,  Jane E. “Jennie” (Sims)
Dec 1852
26 Nov 1871
w/o Sidney B. Lane;  d/o Reuben and Mary V. Sims
Sims,  George A.
4 May 1817
Dec 1853
Sims,  Infant Son
15 Nov 1854
17 Nov 1854 
s/o Reuben and Mary V. Sims
Sims,  Martha D.
18 Feb 1845
15 Jun 1868
d/o Reuben and Mary V. Sims
Sims,  Mary V. (Cowherd)
15 Nov 1854
w/o Reuben Sims
Sims,  Reuben
4 Mar 1798 
15 Dec 1863 
h/o Mary V. (Cowherd) Sims
Sims,  Sally H.
20 Dec 1869
Sims,  Samerim
3 Oct 1844
15 Jan 1870
w/o Andrew J. Sims who was s/o Reuben & Mary Sims
Wheeler,  Harman
21 Feb 1829

27 Jul 1917

h/o Mariah Francis (Sims); s/o Wm. D. & Mildred (White) Wheeler
Wheeler,  Mariah Francis (Sims)
31 Oct 1839 

14 Apr 1912

w/o Harman Wheeler; d/o  Reuben and Mary Sims
Wheeler,  Mary Elizabeth
26 Sep 1876 
19 Jan 1878
d/o Harman and Francis Wheeler
Wheeler,  Robert Lee
12 Mar 1867
13 Feb 1868
s/o Harman and Francis Wheeler
Wheeler,  William Reuben
16 Jan 1861
17 Aug 1876
s/o Harman and Francis Wheeler
8 graves marked with stones (no names)


Andrew Monroe and John Alexander’s father was the Marshal of the territory Florida (a big deal) before it attained statehood.  It was equivalent to or perhaps surpassed the importance of a governor since it was untamed and wild with Indians, runaway slaves and Spanish ner-do-wells. Their father contracted the dreaded yellow fever brought in from Panama, died, and was buried in Tallahassee.  Their mother and six children were brought back to Kentucky by covered wagon.  Their great uncle was the 8th Governor of Kentucky and commanded and led  over 1,000 Kentucky riflemen in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, giving General (and eventually President) Andrew Jackson his greatest victory.  Their ancestors were successors to the throne in both England and Scotland way back when. 

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